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November 2010

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Subversion integration inside the Delphi editor

Behind the Screen – A couple days ago I asked Dave Wilhelm about checking in the active file in the Delphi editor into my subversion repository, and he pointed out a feature I had missed in the new subversion integration in Delphi XE. Right mouse click on the editor pane with the file you want to check in as the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? John Kaster @ 2010-11-19 00:02
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Use forums.embarcadero.com instead of forums.codegear.com

Behind the Screen – Some people have been contacting me about the expiration of our codegear.com SSL certificate on our discussion forums server. Thanks for letting me know – we’re aware of the expiration of the certificate. This is a great reminder and opportunity for those people still referring to ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? John Kaster @ 2010-11-15 20:50
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QC Login performance problems resolved

Behind the Screen – QualityCentral has recently been having very slow logins. Fortunately, we just discovered the culprit and have resolved the performance problems through the use of an internally-developed test framework we’ve implemented for EDN systems to track stability and performance. It was an ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? John Kaster @ 2010-11-15 20:07
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More information on dbExpress and DbxUtils

Behind the Screen – Materials on my CodeRage talk about dbExpress materials are now available. The slides are available here: http://cc.embarcadero.com/Item/28067 The recording is available at http://channel-e.embarcadero.com/index.php?option=com_jvideodirect&x=1&v=clHQ85uCbU225 DbxUtils.pas is available in the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? John Kaster @ 2010-11-13 01:34

October 2010

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Upgrading InterBase 2009 to InterBase XE 64-bit

Behind the Screen – Starting at 7pm Friday, October 29th, 2010 we will be upgrading InterBase servers from 2009 to the XE 64-bit release. In addition to the obvious benefits of full 64-bit memory addressing, better CPU usage, stronger passwords, and other security improvements, there are some other things we get by ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? John Kaster @ 2010-10-28 22:58
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Using DataSnap/REST with QualityCentral

Behind the Screen – In case you haven’t seen it yet, I’ve started writing about the process of implementing the new QualityCentral middle tier in DataSnap/REST. This first article is an extensive introduction to DataSnap/REST that provides step-by-step details on building, debugging, and deploying a ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? John Kaster @ 2010-10-08 08:37

August 2010

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EDN Tip #4: Getting help with the head scratchers

Behind the Screen – Do you have a really tough coding problem to solve, and you’ve gone beyond head scratching into downright pulling your hair out? Assistance is already available for your algorithmic agony! For years, members of our community had requested a general purpose algorithms discussion forum for just ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? John Kaster @ 2010-08-10 06:51
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RAD Studio Tip #1: Quickly configuring MySQL to use with dbExpress and Data Explorer

Behind the Screen – When developing and debugging applications for EDN, I use several different Windows VMs for various reasons. Periodically, I want to use the RAD Studio Data Explorer to look at some values in a MySQL database. If libmysql.dll (the MySQL driver dll) is missing from the machine or not in the right ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? John Kaster @ 2010-08-06 22:29

June 2010

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EDN Tip #3: Keeping your QualityCentral windows client current

Behind the Screen – A "by the way" comment on our Delphi non-technical discussion forum by TeamB member Rudy Vethuis inspired this next tip on keeping your QualityCentral (QC) windows client current. QualityCentral is where you can submit bug reports and feature requests for Embarcadero products, to be acted upon by ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? John Kaster @ 2010-06-18 01:23
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EDN Tip #2: Finding video and audio files on EDN

Behind the Screen – A question from Alf Christophersen in the EDN website discussion forum regarding some of our older video files suggested the topic for this EDN tip. With the switch from Borland, to CodeGear, to Embarcadero domains, and the retirement of bdn.borland.com, some of the urls you’ll still run ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? John Kaster @ 2010-06-10 22:33

May 2010

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EDN Tip #1: Posting source code snippets on our discussion forums

Behind the Screen – EDN supports both NNTP/NNTPS and HTTP/HTTPS for our discussion forums. Some special html processing is performed by our forum software when posting code snippets, which can mess up indenting of code snippets. Robert Triest asked about preserving code formatting for his posts on our discussion ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? John Kaster @ 2010-05-27 19:25

March 2010

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Specifying JDBC connection properties for Blackfish SQL

Behind the Screen – Recently, I needed to set the port for JDBC connection property for one of the Blackfish SQL databases we use on the Embarcadero Developer Network. After looking at the documentation online, I couldn’t find a way to set it in the connection string. (I’m not an expert on JDBC, but the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? John Kaster @ 2010-03-16 17:09

September 2009

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How to repair a corrupted Blackfish SQL database

Behind the Screen – We use Blackfish SQL as the database for our discussion forums. Although the java version (formerly known as JDataStore) supports mirroring and fail-over, the .NET version has never been certified for that functionality. Sometimes when we have hardware failures in our data center, our database ends ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? 2009-09-10 00:40

May 2009

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New "home page" header links on EDN

Behind the Screen – We've introduced a new logo for EDN as part of our standard header. With that minor redesign, I had a "duh!" moment and realized we could also create a "home page" link for the specific EDN application you're currently using, such as Blogs, Chat, Discussion Forums, CodeCentral, Member Services, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? 2009-05-15 20:40
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Meet me at Delphi Live!

Behind the Screen – As I mentioned in this blog post, I'll be attending Delphi Live this week. If you want to catch up with me, probably the best place to find me is in Embarcadero area of the exhibit hall on Thursday from approximately 1:15pm-2:30pm and 6:45-7:30pm (at the "Beer Bash" before the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? 2009-05-13 01:40
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